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The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM1 Th Th Th Th Th Th Th Th Th T Th T Th T Th Th T T e e e e e e e e e e Ka K K K Ka Ka Ka Ka Ka Ka Ka Ka Ka K l l le le le le l le le e le e i id id id id id id id d id d d d d d d d o os os os os os os s o s o os o o os s os os os os os s c c co co co co o o o o o o co co co o o o co co o o co co o o c o o o c co co o o o co o o o c co co o o o p p p p p p p pe p e p p p p p pe pe e e p p p p pe p pe pe e e e pe p p p p pe pe e e pe p p p pe pe e e e p p p p p p pe pe e e e p p p pe p pe pe e e e p p p p p p p pe pe e e pe p p p pe pe e e e e e e p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p VO VO V V V V V VO O O VO O VO O O O L L L L L V V VO VO O O O O O L L L L V VO O O O O O O O O O L L L V V V O O O O O O OL L L L L L V VO O O O O O O O O L L L VO V V V V O O O O O O O L L L L V V V V V V VO O O O O O O O L L L V V V V V V V V VO O O O O O O L L L L L V V V V V VO O O O O O O O O L L L L O O O O O O O O UME UME U U U U UME M M M UME M M M M E E E UME E UME U U ME M M E E E U U U M M M M E E E U U U U M M M M M E E E E UME U U U U M M M M E UME U U U M UME M M M ME E E E U U U M M M E U M M M M M M E E U U V V V V V V V V VI I I V V V VI I V V V V V VI VI V V V VI VI V V V V VI I VI V V V V I I I V V V I I V V V I V V V V V I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I IS S IS S S S S I IS S S S S I S S S S S I S S S S S S I S IS I I S S S S I I S S S I I S S S I S S S S S S S S S S S SU SU U U U U U U U UE E E UE UE S U S U U S S S U U E SU U E S UE E E E S 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 FE FE F F FE E E E E E EB EB B B B FE E E E B E E E E E B F E E E F E E E E E F RU RU RU UA UA UA U U A A A A A A A A U UA U U U A A A A A A R U RUA UA U U A A A A A A A RU U U A A A A R UA R R A A A A A A A A R A A A U R R R R RY RY RY RY RY RY RY 2 2 2 2 2 20 0 0 0 0 01 01 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 01 01 0 1 0 0 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDAThis Month s Featured PRESIDENT’S MESSAGETreva Kay Wildrick3 CHILDREN & YOUTHWanda Brandt12 CONSTITUTION & BYLAWSPatricia Devine18 GIRLS STATEMarge Reed14Mission StatementIn the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacri ce of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.Vision StatementThe vision of The American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security. Want to submit an article and/or photos to The Kaleidoscope? ala .org/submit secretary@ala .org“ Catching Rays Creating a Brighter Future !"CHAPLAIN 19 AMERICANISM 20 LEGISLATIVE 21 PAST PRESIDENTS PARLAY 22 VA&R 23 DEPARTMENT SECRETARY 24 FROM THE UNITS 26 MEMBERSHIP REPORTS 32Also Including...


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM3 Did You Know?? Not only is March Women's History Month, but it's also American Red Cross Month and Fire Prevention Month. Other popular holidays are Read Across America (March 2, which is Dr. Seuss' birthday), Daylights Saving Day (March 11), Pi Day (March 14), St. Patrick's Day (March 17) and of course March-Madness College Basketball and Daytona Beach Bike Week. There are two birthstones for March: Aquamarine and Bloodstone both represent courage. The Da odil is the birth ower" of March symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings. Thanks GOOGLE! We had the privilege of National Commander Denise Rohan visiting Florida the end of January. The 3-Amigos" attended the dinner hosted by Lady Lake Post 347 for her and she was also the guest of honor at the Southern Area Ball hosted by Post 321 Cooper City, which we attended as well. She is from the Department of Wisconsin (just like our National President, Diane Duscheck). Her theme is Family First and she travels with her aide (and husband), Mike Rohan. Have you seen the 2017-2018 Purple National Membership shirts? Commander Rohan explained: if you take the dress colors of all the Armed Service organizations, mix them together, you will get Purple. She has visited sites in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico a ected by Hurricanes. She was on her way next to Mexico to view areas devastated by mudslides and then to California for their areas devastated by forest res. She also shared jokingly that National tracks the Commander's weight at the beginning of the term and then at the end. They have not asked her to weigh-in. However, she encouraged her National team to take note of her out t at the O cers Installation in Reno and promised everyone that she would be wearing the same ƒ pair of earrings at the National Convention in Minnesota. What a great visit with a National Leader!! We had a lovely day in District 17 with President Toni Ellsworth. We met at Post 267 Ormond Beach where Unit President Carol and Treasurer Pat were wrapping up the paperwork and tallying the proceeds from the weekend's activities. Thanks Bunches for the co ee … de nitely soothed my throat! Next stop was Holly Hill 120 where the ladies were busy in the kitchen preparing for Lunch … thanks President Jan for ALL you do! We went to Post 361 South Daytona and had a chance to relax and visit with President Linda and several Unit members … they have remodeled the back patio and it looks fantastic! Our last visit for the day was Post 270 in Port Orange with Unit President Patsy. They were in the middle of BINGO but tolerated our brief interruption and Commander Steve's presentation. That week, Bernie and I caught and shared the horrible Flu and Chest Cough that has been going around … NO Fun!! We managed to defeat it and prepared to visit Districts 8 and 13. Legion Family One" (Jake) was all setup on Friday, February 2 at Toby's RV Resort in Arcadia. On Saturday we loaded up Tonka and Browser to attend the Wags for Warriors Dog Fun Day hosted by Unit 238 Safety Harbor. Adorned with their Red, White and Blue scarves they had a great time meeting other members and their dogs. I was so proud of them … with all the excitement, they maintained their best behavior. They even participated in the opening' red-carpet stroll!! This was a very successful Inaugural event sponsored by the Unit and I look forward to next year!! We started our 8th District visitation on Super Bowl Sunday at Post 69 Avon Park. We were greeted by the Air Force JROTC Honor Guard. Each participant had a di erent braid which signi es their level and they explained their responsibilities thereof. Such a privilege to meet and visit with them … I kept thinking these young adults will be our future great leaders. Inside, several members were busy preparing for the evening festivities for the BIG game … we would be back to participate. 8th District President Barb Field and Vice Commander Pat Stiles carpooled in Madam President Vehicle for the scheduled stops for the day. Although Post 2 Wauchula does not have an Auxiliary, they had a female Legionnaire we visited with. The Post has an airplane in the yard … great photo opportunity!! We also visited the World War I Memorial and Park to which they maintain the up-keep. Next we were o to Lake Placid Post 25. What a large home post!! It is also the home Unit for Doris Rash and they have a wall honoring her year as Department President 2002-2003. Monthly, you will nd President Patty along with other Unit members making heavyduty ditty bags and stu ng them with personal items and treats. They are donated to the Highlands County Veterans Service, who in turn hand out to Homeless Veterans or to those Veterans in need or su ering from PTSD. What a wonderful way to show our Veterans we President ’s Message TREVA KAY WILDRICK Continued on Page 4


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA still care. After a lunch / snack of fresh baked Pizza, we were back on the road to Post 74 Sebring with Unit President Charlotte. They were playing Bar BINGO and had a giant table lled with snacks for the upcoming Super Bowl. I visited each member brie y as they were playing and while I was talking with one of the Veterans, his number was called I was just as excited as he called BINGO!! We had to run along returning to Post 69 Avon Park before the game started. President Terry and her team did an outstanding job with Ra es and 50/50. The Hall had a beautiful bu et with an array of multiple delectable treats to tempt our taste buds. It was heartwarming to see everyone standing and saluting for the National Anthem … Thank You!! The 2nd day started in Arcadia visiting Post K-11 and meeting President Jackie. The Post home was ooded by the Peace River from Hurricane Irma. They have just completed the new walls and nishing the ooring. The room arranging for their meeting space is being planned and the new chairs and tables were scheduled for delivery. The bar-b-que in the back is intact so keep an eye out for their grand opening soon! We had some time before heading to Post 254 Northport for dinner home of PDC Joe Magee. What a great turn-out of members! It was a great pleasure to meet President Karen and brie y visit … she too was su ering from the Fluƒ Our dinner was superb followed by a choice of dessert. We gathered all the Unit members for a photo … complete with a Mr TK zing! Day 3 found me traveling to Tallahassee for a Girls State meeting. However, District President Barb was able to re-arrange my scheduled Unit visits later in the week … Thank You Bunches!! What a Wooonnnderful Wednesday we had! We started in Sarasota Post 30 … looks small from the front but it is much larger as you go through. I loved the display of wooden models of the tank and heavy construction equipment along the walls. We met a Korean War Veteran, Don Murphy, who was also very active in the 40 & 8 as well as a past 8th District Commander. The bartender had just recently moved to Florida and is eligible to join the Auxiliary. She has 3 sons so we gave her applications for them as well. Next we were o to Post 312 Oneco … they have a locomotive in the back parking lot!! We met a few unit members and then some others that joined us for lunch. Our 3rd stop was Post 266 Sarasota. They also su ered big tree damage from Hurricane Irma. But they are ready for their annual Clam Bake on 2/24! President Rhonda was a delight to visit with and shared several activities the Unit has accomplished. We took a side trip to The Kiss" … The Unconditional Surrender Statue in town at the marina. Our timing was perfect as a Navy Nurse was also visiting (with her family from PA). I presented her one of my President Pins, thanking her for her service. She was so thrilled, stating she would wear it to church every Sunday! Turns out, her son was a Masonite Minister in PA. She explained to me she had to leave the next day and it was sleeting up there! Commander Steve is also from PA and after a few minutes, he learned their families were from the same area and very probable that his Mom went to school with her! Commander Steve asked if she received kisses at the time of the surrender … she informed him she was NOT the female in the statue, but she DID get LOTS of Kisses during that time. We returned to Post 266 for Lasagna Dinner and visited with several members from the Legion Family. The Sons were having their monthly meeting that evening, so Commander Bernie had a chance to answer their questions as well... Thursday started at Bradenton Post 24 with a special presentation for Vets2Success from Founder President, Chef Bryan Jacobs. He and his brother survived multiple tours to Iraq, PTSD, alcoholism, homelessness and a plethora of di erent jobs. They developed Vets-2Chefs to assist Veterans to reintegrate to civilian life. Unfortunately, Bryan's younger brother committed suicide before the rst graduating class was completed. Bryan is expanding the program to Vets-2-Bakers and Vets-2-Brewers getting Veterans back on their feet. Some have gone on to college or other professional occupations. For more information, the website is www. We then had a lovely lunch with members from Unit 24 and President Judy. They gave me a tour of the Post along with the building where they hold their meetings. Yes, I saw PDP Shirley Frasier's portrait on the wall of Past Unit Presidents. I enjoyed visiting with the members and their stories of di erent activities and events held. From there, President Barb took me to Venice Unit 159, home Unit to PDP Ruby Bell. They have a display with a portrait of Ruby Bell as Nat'l Vice President, another of Past Presidents and President Judy Lemm's award for Auxiliary Member of the Year from Sarasota County Veterans Commission. They also have a display for the upcoming 100 year Anniversary Serving Veterans, Military and their Families. Very nicely done … Congratulations!! We returned to Post 24 for Taco Dinner night where the house was packed!!! President Barb was kind enough to go around and introduce the members and then others came to us at the table. All in All a Terrrri c Day!! I was very excited for Red-Shirt Friday as the Legion Family was scheduled for a tour of Southeastern Guide Dogs. We were very fortunate with our guide and speakers. They explained the di erence between guide working dog and service working dog. We toured the kennel and had a chance to play with a puppy in training and watch feeding time for the younger pups. 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The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM5 cute!! They are also expanding their facility for Warriors and Wheelchair assistance training. The grounds had several dogs of art' from a Superheroes on Parade" community fundraiser. Lastly, we were able to meet and greet Prince, the Ambassador Dog, a beautiful / handsome Golden Retriever complete with Red, White and Blue bandana and sooo photo ready. Yes, as we met the trainers, they were asked if American Legion/ Auxiliary/ Sons eligible and given an applicationƒ Next, we were o to Post 309 North Manatee for Lunch meeting and visiting with several members. President Barb gave me the tour and we noticed a photo with Judy Mitchell, a member I hadn't seen in many yearsƒ Our next stop was Post 325 Ellenton where President Theresa had several Unit o cers and members there to greet us. And surprise, sitting at the next table was Judy!! The Unit presented me with a donation check for K9s for Warriors Thank You!! The very talented President Theresa painted on canvas the logo for K9s for Warriors and presented that to me as well. It will be cherished. Naturally, we gathered all the members for a photo opportunity. That night we traveled to Post 113 Rotunda West for their infamous Fried Fish Dinner. Before dinner, we toured the Veterans Memorial Park where we read about the individual American Con icts from the Revolutionary War to the current War in Afghanistan. There are plans to add an Amphitheater and garden. We caught up with PDP Ruth Proctor along with District Commander Jerry Faught as well as several other members. Our dinner was delicious but the conversations were priceless. Thank You again to all 8th District members and District President Barb Field for a faaahhhbulous visit all week!! Saturday found us packing Jake" and heading to District 13 and Post 103 Punta Gorda. Commander Bruce took us around the property to get just the right spot. Both Tonka and Browser approved as there was lots of space for them to run around. We got changed and o to the Southwestern Area Ball that evening at Post 110 Port Charlotte. The Hall was beautifully decorated and the event was very well attended … so much fun to visit with everyone! Our entertainment Bouncer Ray" did an outstanding job as well as we danced the night awayƒ District President Jeanne Nadeau started our 13th District visits in Sanibel Post 123 with a Paradise Cheeseburger for lunch. Unit President Brandy was a delight and shared many stories of the events the members have done. Thank You ladies for my gifts … I can't wait to try some of the recipes on Bernieƒ Next, we headed to the Wall in Port Charlotte … always awe-inspiring. The dinner and Unit 110 meeting was very well planned. They also had a Purple Heart recipient, John, as a guest with his gorgeous Golden, Amy, from Paws for Assistance. With PRESIDEN’TS MESSAGE Continued from Page 4 permission, we made new friends and got lots of kisses. The Unit has been very busy with their Fund-Raising and presented a check to K9s for Warriors with a promise for more. You gals are paw … some!! But they were not nished; I also received a solar Bird Bath in beautiful greens and blues. When I showed Bernie, we both got very excited and have the perfect spot for it in our side yard … Thank You again!! Commander Bernie was invited to a Sons meeting at Squadron 90 Cape Coral that night so we didn't stay for BINGO. Tuesday found us having lunch at Bonita Springs 303. What a lovely gathering of members and o cers. President Jan is very bubbly and made us feel right at home. This Unit is also very busy with activities; they presented a check to K9s for Warriors from an idea to recycle the umbrella decorations from Installation and use them to collect money … very creative! One of their Unit members handmade a stained glass Kaleidoscope as my gift … waaayyy cool!! Next, we visited Tice 351 and President Jeanne gave me the tour of the Post home. We met President Judy and some of the members; we spoke about their on-going Backpacks for Kids project … supporting those in need from Domestic violence and every 2nd Saturday they are serving lunch for homeless veterans. They are planning their Christmas in July and collection of school supplies. Keep up the good work ladies!! Then, we were o to Unit 38 Fort Myers for Pizza dinner and a meeting. We were met there by two members from Unit 192 Fort Myers. The time ew by and before we knew, it was time for the Unit meeting. I was thrilled to see PDP Mary Heenan at the meeting. Unit President Vanessa did a fabulous job leading and keeping the ow of the meeting and let out the little birdy of President Jeanne's birthday on Thursdayƒ Valentine's Day began at Unit 274 Ft Myers Beach with a luncheon and Fashion Show. They had over 180 in attendance!! We had front row seating so we didn't miss a thing!! They did a nice job with the Ra es and we bought some items from the Vendors … after all, proceeds were for our Veterans. Anthony's hosted the Fashions founded in 1895 they are working on their 4th generation and have locations from the Keys to Lady Lake!! The volunteer models did wonderful in showing o the out ts, too. I visited with some of the members afterwards and many were planning to attend the upcoming ABC School. President Jeanne and I visited the Shell Factory and enjoyed some local live music. Then we were o to Unit 90 Cape Coral for a special Valentine's Dinner joined by the Legion Family. Thank You President Frieda for the beautiful roses! The unit members are very busy working with the local school with the Poppy program and have 6 upcoming events with the students. Fantastic!! Our female fur baby, Tonka, (we have nicknamed her Continued on Page 6


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA PRESIDEN’TS MESSAGE Continued from Page 5 the Goat) got into something and had terrible intestinal distress. She had a great appetite but the end results' were not so pretty. Commander Bernie adjusted his visitations to keep an eye on her. It took 3-days but she seems to be all better. In the meantime, we celebrated President Jeanne's birthday with lunch at Unit 136 St James City. President Claudine greeted us along with O cers and several members. The homemade Italian Wedding soup was delicious and the BLT wraps were enormous!! I took half home to save room for Key Lime pieƒ We talked about their activities and the upcoming Golf Tournament" shooting over the pond for a chance at a hole in one. They have quite a few golfers testing their skills. The back patio is a great vantage point. The ladies presented me with a check to K9s for Warriors … Thank You Bunches for your Generosity!! Next, President Jeanne had us o to a Mystery Boat ride … a beautiful tour of Ft Myers via the bay. Although the water was a little rough, we could see Sanibel Island and were entertained by several frisky Dolphins. It was such a pretty afternoon, it was tough to leave but we didn't want to be late for dinner at Lehigh Acres 323. I was looking forward to this visit as I had heard my twin would be there. What a gem to meet … totally incredible the number of similarities between Brenda (BB) and me. Our day ended with Minion Birthday cake … umm umm good! Happy Birthday Jeanne and may you have many more! Red-Shirt Friday started bright and early to visit the VA Clinic in Cape Coral, We were joined by 2nd Vice President Ann King-Smith, Sandy Eck the VA Rep and Diann Dircz the District VA Chairman. We had a grand tour by Earl Boldware and met several veterans and clinic department sta along the way. The highlight was taking an application from a female veteran (Army) which we will process through Unit 303 Bonita Springs, closest to her home. Laura Rutizer is also connected to the Honor Flight program, a charm to visit with and loves to help our veterans. From there, we meet with members from Unit 299 Moore Haven. As President Jeanne is always looking for adventure, we did Not turn towards the home post, but literally, met them on the side of the road for delicious smoked Bar-B-Que. We had a choice of Chicken or Pork with all the xin's, dessert and fresh brewed Ice Tea … perfect!! The Unit and Post members cook up a storm twice a year, post yers and raise funds for their veteran programs. With a full tummy, we took the drive to Jacobson State Nursing Home for Veterans in Punta Gorda. We had a lovely tour guide, Pamela, and she was very friendly with the veterans we saw along the way. What a beautiful facility and Wow! they have lots of activities … I even helped a veteran by placing a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. I really liked looking at the artwork and photos along the walls; Pamela explained several Veterans share their stories when they see them. President Jeanne had lots of items collected from the Units to be donated / delivered … everything was greatly appreciated!! We said our farewells and headed over to Post 103 Punta Gorda for the much anticipated Prime Rib dinner for the Legion Family. Word got out because the place was packed!! President Joanne was totally gracious, introduced several members and presented me a check to K9s for Warriors. When dinner was over, I helped with some of the clean-up of their laminated order tickets. What a clever idea … saves trees and facilitates order taking. I will de nitely be sharing that idea..!!.. Saturday was the District ABC School for 13th District, hosted by Unit 336 in North Fort Myers. It takes a few loops of legal U-turns' to nd them tucked in the back, but perseverance prevailed! Our Department Leadership Chairman Robin Burke was there and assisted with the school. I was being monitored by Barbara Field to pass' my certi cation as Instructor. What an honor to have PDP Mary Heenan and PDP Linda Teasley there along with 39 attendees, 7 of which were newbees'. We had a great ABC School; lled with information, shared answers from a bag full of questions and lled the room with lots of laughter. All the members learned something new and many would return to another School when held. As we closed our meeting for the delicious lunch, President Jeanne again surprised me with a very large basket lled with gifts. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and the thoughtfulness each one represented. Thank You All for an Outstanding Day!! Minion Hugs and Kisses President Jeanne for a memorable visit throughout District 13!! Just a little reminder, it's almost time for our Year-End Reporting. I know you have been very busy with events and activities these past months; let's report all those great deeds!! Don't be shy; tell us how you caught the Florida Sunshine Rays and Created Brighter Futures for our Veterans, Military and Families, our Communities and Youth. Let's show and tell Department and National our Why" we belong to this wonderful organization of women, the American Legion Auxiliary. Life is about using the whole box of crayons – how did you use yours? For God and Country, TK Treva Kay Wildrick Department PresidentPresident's Photo Gallery Pages 8 11


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM7 The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM Year End Reporting This year, we have several Year-End Reports that will be due. Each of our Auxiliary Programs will have year-end reports. Unit reports are due to their District Chairmen on or before April 1st. We encourage you to add separate sheets with short stories in your own words" of the special events and / or successes of events your Units had throughout this year. These short stories don't have to be pages long, just a few paragraphs describing the event idea, planning for the event, activities of the day' and the successful outcome thereof. Photos are welcomed. This is your time for Show and Tell to our District Chairmen for the program, accordingly. In turn, copies of your short stories will be included in their reports to Department. District Chairmen reports will be due on or before April 15th to the Department Chairmen. District reports will be consolidated from the Unit reports received from each of the Units within their District. Please Note: if a report has not been received, the Chairman should reach out to the Unit for the information. The District Chairman's report should include the events described in the short stories received. Copies of the short stories received will be forwarded to the Department Chairmen. In turn, copies of the short stories will be forwarded to Department President and National Southern Division Chairmen when the Department Chairmen submit their reports. Impact Reporting National is requesting Impact Reports from Units / Districts and Departments. These reports are available on the National and Department website. Unit members can report their activities to their Unit Presidents. Unit Presidents will consolidate the information on the Unit Impact Report. The Unit Presidents will submit the Unit Impact Report to their District President by April 1st. District Presidents will consolidate the Unit Impact Reports onto the District Impact Report. Please Note: if a Unit Impact Report has not been received, the District President should reach out to the Unit for the information. The District Presidents will submit the District Impact Report to the Department President by April 15th.


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THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Children & Youth WANDA BRANDT Children & YouthKnowledge is power. A core element of the Auxiliary's mission, caring for our children and youth, is sharply focused on educating adults about the needs of our young people. We believe that the more people know and understand about the needs of the children in their communities, the more interest they will have in learning how they can help meet those needs. In the American Legion Auxiliary, we do more than talk about it. The Auxiliary provides signi cant cash assistance and direct service and supports legislation that a ects children at the local, state, and national levels. And while all children are important, the Auxiliary particularly focuses on helping the children of our veterans and active military.Ways to help our Children:Our Military Children: Kids of Deployed are Heroes 2" (KDH2) Military children whose father or mother are deployed. Star-Spangled Kids: Educate children and youth on the history of the United States from the aspect of patriotism, Americanism and the US Constitution. The Youth Hero Award: Recognizes someone less than 18 years of age who performs a heroic act of physical bravery. The Good Deed Award: Youths 18 years of age or younger who have contributed in a special way to society through community service. Support G.I. Josh … Identify military children who may have a parent or sibling deploying. G.I. Josh, a plush dog, and the accompanying storybook will help the child through separation and deployment of their loved one. Beads of Courage is a program designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. (I challenge each Unit to at least purchase 5sets of Beads of courage $75.00) .Protect, care for and support all C&Y in the community:Support the Children & Youth programs of the American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion: National Family and Support Network Homeless veterans' children American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Play It Safe Klinger, a Story of Honor and Hope Missing Children Nominate a child for the Youth Hero Award Support Beads of Courage Halloween a Fun and Safe Night Drugs & Suicide Warnings Support for Special Olympics “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Tatanka Lotanka JuniorsEngaging the next generation to become members of the American Legion Auxiliary is the most important purpose of the Junior Activities program. If we don't connect with our juniors and get them involved, our organization will become like the extinct dinosaur, archaeologists look for." Purpose: Inspires active participation in members under the age of 18 so they will become engaging, productive members. It builds a strong future for the ALA by engaging productive members to carry on its mission for life." Junior members are the lifeblood of the future of our organization. € They are the potential and upcoming Unit, District and Department Presidents and the Chairmen of THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM13 The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM13 our programs. € They are the leaders for the American Legion Auxiliary for tomorrow. € If a Unit does not have a Junior Unit, please encourage units to start one. There is no limit to the size of the Junior Unit. € Junior members are ages from birth to seventeen. Upon her eighteenth paying her membership dues, she automatically becomes a senior member. “If your Unit does not have a Juniors Program, please start one. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know. As I always say, “These Girls are our future” Children & Youth have 2 special projects this year to raise money: Please support each of them if you can: April 7th C&Y Picnic at Post 117, Palm Bay, FL May 4th C&Y Golf Tournament @ Harbor Hills Country Club, 6538 Lake Gri n Rd. Lady Lake, FL 32159 and Post 347 in Lady Lake Reporting: Traveling around the state, some of you are telling me and showing me pictures of the great things you are doing and have done for C&Y programs, please report this on the year-end reporting. You need to brag on yourselves, please report everything you have done. Each Unit Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a year-end narrative report, to their District Children & Youth Chairman by April 1, 2018. District Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a year-end narrative report, as well as all individual unit narratives to Department Chairman and Southern Division by April 15, 2018.SUDOKUNOVICE The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once.


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA ALA 2018 Girls State Important Information: To all Unit and District Girls State Chairman Unit Girls State Chairman: Preparing your Delegates and Alternates: When interviews are completed please be sure Delegates and Alternates have registered to the On-line Department “LIVE” Program by March 15, 2018. You are requested by the Director to discuss the dress code with the delegates as often as possible. Shorts are to be mid-thigh length. If shorts are too short, the delegate will be asked to change. New shoes are not recommended. They always result in blisters. We walk an average of 6 miles a day. Heels of any height are not permitted. Please remind all the delegates and alternates that they MUST attend an ALA Girls State Orientation with a parent or guardian. If they do not complete an Orientation, they are not eligible to attend ALA FL Girl State. During this time you need to keep in close contact with your delegates, alternates and parents. Please keep reminding delegates and alternates that they must attend a Girls State Orientation. Be prepared to receive additional or up-dated material from your District ALA FL Girls State Chairman. District Girls State Chairman: Orientation: There are Orientations in every District, if your delegate or alternate cannot attend your district, please help them nd another orientation to attend. Make sure that they have attended in the other district. Sign-in sheets (to be emailed to the District Girls State Chairman by Department Chairman, Marge Reed) please ask delegates, alternate and parents to print clearly the information requested. As reminder each delegate or alternate must have a parent or guardian there for the entire orientation session. Sign-in sheets are to be Girls State MARGE REED emailed or faxed to Department immediately. Do not snail mail. If sign-in sheets are not sent to department, Delegates from the district will not be cleared to attend ALA Girls State. After May 25th, if you must replace your delegate with a regular registered alternate, please notify ALA FL Girls State Director, Theresa Briggs by email fgsdirector@ala .org or call (850) 566-1616. If you have a girl drop out, please get it in writing. Buses: Please contact Director, Theresa Briggs, at (850)566-1616 before calling an Alternate at the bus stop prior to departure.


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THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA L i v e E n t e r t a i n m e n t F o o d A c t i v i t i e s P o k e r R u n P i c n i c H o s t e d


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM17 A A m e r i c a n L e g i o n C C e n t r a l A r e a F a m i l y S u n s e t C e l e b r a t i o n B a l l (Change of Venue) C C e n t r a l A A r e a C C o m m a n d e r J J a y A l l e n Hotels will be available Sent out Separately before the 27th of February 17 Please see www.ala .org for registration form.


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Constitution & Bylaws PATRICIA DEVINE There are Units, that are still either long overdue for updating/updated during the 2014-2016 years that are incorrect or Units Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules that were returned for corrections that have not been returned. District Presidents and/or District Constitution & Bylaws Chairmen PLEASE!!! Contact the Units in question to see if there are problems or need help. Refer to the Constitution & Bylaws sample template that is currently on line. When submitting revised C&BL, send 2 original signed copies in entirety, to Department Chairman's home address by regular mail. Do Not send to Department Headquarters. These are your formal documents. Please do not send a partial C&BL. Have someone proof read them. (i.e.-Page 2 … Unit O cers … last line *Secretary may be elected or appointed". Make a choice … if secretary is elected … delete this line and if secretary is appointed … do not list under Sec. 1 … The Unit shall electƒ … etc. List at bottom that Secretary is appointed. Cannot be both) The yearly Unit Dues Information form that is sent the rst of the year denotes the dues for the Unit for the upcoming year. This amount MUST match the Unit's Constitution & Bylaws on le at Headquarters. If you have not revised your Constitution & Bylaws by the time you receive this Newsletter, and need to change your dues, we have extended the deadline. You still have approximately one month to make any changes. Changes must be in by April 1, 2018. Do not hesitate to contact me if help is needed or if there are any questions. Let's see if we can't get all Constitution and Bylaws 100% current. … Pat Devine Cbylaws@ala .org SUDOKUINTERMEDIATE The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once.


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM19 As we approach March, may our Springtime begin. Let the Flowers bloom and may the Irish come out in all of us for St. Patrick's Day. May your Troubles Be Less and your Blessings be more and Nothing But Happiness com through your door. May our friends and family in heaven know that they are still with us and we love them more and more each day! Chaplain LOIS STACHELRODT DISTRICT 1 Cleo Bird Unit 340 Bessie Lowrimore Unit 340 Betty Brown Unit 375 Beverly A. Reed Unit 375 DISTRICT 4 Linda Hadley Unit 155 Helga Squires Unit 155 Ollie Craven Unit 230 Julie Martin Unit 237 DISTRICT 5 Caroline Whelpley Unit 129 Katherine Murray Unit 250 Mary Cawvey Unit 316 Clementina Futch Unit 316 DISTRICT 6 Berneda Morith Unit 21 Robin Spangler Unit 53 Patricia Cross-Goodson Unit 80 John Paul Unit 347 DISTRICT 7 Mary Cook Unit 34 Patricia Soula Unit 71 Dorothy Wolf Unit 71 DISTRICT 8 Nancy Galida, Unit 69 Janet E. Wells Unit 113 DISTRICT 9 Sheila Botrie Unit 157 Ehtel M. Reece Unit 157 Francis Cornell Unit 180 Michelle Puyear Unit 180 Sharon Bodenhofer Unit 274 DISTRICT 11 Joy Riemersma Unit 47 DISTRICT 12 Joan Dresser Unit 1 Linda Howard Unit 126 Shirley K. Garriel Unit 163 Rosa Spicer Unit 163 DISTRICT 13 Denise Funk Unit 103 Debra Antle Unit 136 Barbara A. Bauer Unit 303 Anita L. Coyne Unit 303 Marjie Owens Unit 323 Arline Reis Unit 323 Alice Scott Unit 323 Eula Slanker Unit 323 DISTRICT 16 Oma Faye Adkins Unit 273 Joan McCarthy Unit 273 Muriel McCarthy Unit 273 Lavonna Macmichael Unit 335 DISTRICT 17 Ruth Clark Unit 115 LaVaughn Boyle, Unit 255 Claudia Porter Unit 361Recently Departed Members


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Americanism JANE HARDACRE In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans A airs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that bene t our nation's veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. Thank you for working so hard this year making sure that our youth, and citizens know just how patriotic we are and that we STAND behind our veterans and for our ag! There is still time, so get to those schools and promote our Americanism Program and the American Essay Contest. After all, this year's theme is “What Can I Personally Do to Promote Americanism In My School or Community?” I am looking forward to receiving many entries. All the information for this contest is on the Department website and/or with your Program Action Plan. AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST This year's theme is “What Can I Personally Do to Promote Americanism In My School or Community? One award in each of the ve classes will be presented for each Division. Winners will receive $50 and a $50 honorarium in the student's name to the National President's Scholarship. (Cover sheet is on the Department website and/or with your Program Action Plan) Department winners in each ve classes will receive a certi cate and medal. 1. All essays must be sent to me by April 1st, 2018. 2. All essays must have the completed cover sheet attached. (Cover sheet is on the Department website and/or with your Program Action Plan) 3. Please note which essays were selected as your winners. You can also show Patriotism in your Communities by proudly displaying the American Flag on the upcoming dates listed below: Mother's Day Second Sunday in May Peace O cers Memorial Day (half-sta ) May 15 Armed Forces Day Third Saturday in May Memorial Day (half-sta until noon) Last Monday in May Flag Day June 14 Father's Day Third Sunday in June) Independence Day July 4 I know that all Units have said the Pledge of Allegiance, wore Patriotic clothing, decorated for Patriotic Holidays, attended parades etc. We should have 100% reporting from the state of Florida because we want toƒƒƒ Tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter!! YEAR -END REPORTING 1. Your Year-End Reporting form (found on the Department website and/or with your Program Action Plan) must be sent to your District Americanism Chairman by April 1, 2018. 2. District Year-End Reporting form must be sent to myself by April 15, 2018. 3. Please include pictures with your report. 4. Narratives are encouraged! Please use the Narrative Cover Sheet. (Narrative cover sheet is on the Department website and/or with your Program Action Plan) 5. Please include pictures with your Narrative. DEPARTMENT AWARDS 1. Doris E. Hahn Trophy: Best All Around Award for Americanism Activities". All entries must be submitted to me, Department Chairman, by June 6, 2018. Please carefully read the rules for this award so you don't lose out! The complete guidelines can be found in your Unit Guide for 2017-2018. 2. Certi cate of Participation: Certi cate of participation will be presented to all Units that turn in a Narrative Report to me, Department Chairman by April 15, 2018. I want to thank you all for Taking Pride in America! Your hard-work and dedication to our organization has not gone unnoticed. Please call, or email me, if you have any questions regarding your Unit's reporting or the awards.


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM21 Legislative DEE BELL OUR FLORIDA LEGIONNAIRES “STORM THE HILL” The American Legion Washington Conference was held February 25-28 2018. Our Department Legion leadership met with our elected o cials and discussed the current legislative issues and priorities vital to our American Legion and military families. One of these initiatives is Senate House bill 2131 VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act. Check out for other legislative bills currently on the agenda. Thank You to our Legionnaires for their e orts on behalf of our veterans, our military and their families and our country. In the past, our American Legion Auxiliary Leadership Conference coincided with this meeting. Our National organization, voted at the 2017 National Convention to discontinue this educational experience. S. 2131 VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act To amend Section 1786 of title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans A airs to furnish medically necessary transportation for newborn children of certain women veterans, and for other purposes.Title 38 U.S.C. 1786 currently authorizes the Secretary of Veterans A airs to furnish post-delivery care services, including routine care services, that a newborn child of a women veteran who is receiving maternity care furnished by the Department at a facility of the Department; or another facility pursuant to a Department contract for services relating to such a delivery. Since VA healthcare facilities do not o er a full-range of newborn care, women veterans are referred to community hospitals for post newborn and routine services at VA expense. The only exception is the VA is not authorized to pay for medically necessary transportation for newborn children of certain veterans. This bill would provide the VA Secretary the authority to furnish medically necessary transportation for newborn children, which the American Legion supports and believes is the right thing to do. Through Resolution No. 147, The American Legion works to ensure that the needs of the current and future women veteran populations are met; and that the VA provides full comprehensive health services for women veterans Department-wide, including, but not limited to, increasing treatment areas and diagnostic capabilities for female veteran health issues, improved coordination of maternity care, and increase the availability of female therapists/female group therapy to better enable treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from combat MST (Military Sexual Trauma.)The American Legion supports S. 2131


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA I remain available to help with any money raisers and it would be my pleasure to visit or present at any function for Past President's Parley. Julia Flint Gri th Past Presidents Parley 2017-2018 Purpose: To follow our President's credo, Catching Rays, Creating a Brighter Future!", by seeking out Active Duty Servicewomen to recognize their service and submitting an Award Entry form for your selection for SALUTE TO SERVICEWOMEN AWARD To submit award entry forms for Unit Member of the Year. To encourage applications for Nurses Scholarships To help Servicewoman in need by providing the means to help establish a new career after discharge Note* --the above referenced forms can be found on the National website, Past President 's ParlayJULIA FLINT GRIFFITH SUDOKUCHALLENGING The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once.


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM23 Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation ANN KING-SMITH On Saturday, January 20th, I was honored and humbled to attend the 2nd Annual District 12 Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Luncheon at Post 189 in Sebastian. Dorothy Walsh, 12th District VA& R Chairman, did an excellent job of organizing and presenting this event for a second year. The love and respect she has for our veterans was apparent from the beginning to end of this tribute luncheon. In attendance were Medal of Honor recipient Melvin Morris and Rob Medina, from United States Congressman Bill Posey's o ce, Past Department Commander and retired Navy Chief Jay Conti, Jr., along with several local political dignitaries. More than 120 guests, mostly veterans, were in attendance for an amazing ceremony and presentation. Unit 189 Auxiliary members were gracious and hard working hosts, serving up friendly smiles, hospitality and some delicious pulled pork and salad. Auxiliary Department Chaplain Lois Stachelrodt opened the event with a special prayer. Past District 12 President, Karen Northcutt, performed a very moving and memorable POW-MIA missing man table ceremony. During the ceremony, a male and female from each branch of service placed a cover and the POW-MIA chair cover. Sixty ve Vietnam Era veterans were pinned" with Vietnam War commemorative pins by Medal of Honor recipient Morris and Rob Medina. The Daughters of the American Revolution presented a certi cate to each veteran, honoring their service. Past Commander Conti lead a ceremony at the end that saluted the Vietnam veterans and special honor was given to veterans in attendance that received the Purple Heart. We were all blessed, as these veterans shared the stories behind their injuries. This day was one that will be long remembered through the years, by both the veterans and guests. The shared stories, the memories and the tears will long live on in our hearts. If any Unit or District could honor our Vietnam Era veterans, I would highly recommend such a ceremony. I'm sure Dorothy Walsh would be happy to assist in any way possible to help you prepare.


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Department SecretaryPATTY MACDONALD Becky and I had the pleasure of being invited to the Fisher House dedication in Orlando on February 14, 2018, which we were pleased to attend on behalf of Department. The Master of Ceremony was Mr. Greg Warmoth news anchor from WFTV Channel 9 Orlando. The ceremony opened with a welcome from Mr. Cory P. Price, Acting Director, Orlando VA Medical Center. Next was the Presentation of Colors by The Navy Operational Support Center, Orlando and the National Anthem was sung by Ms. Julie Rattley, Case Manager, Transition and Care Management, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. What a beautiful voice Ms. Rattley had. Chaplain Marvin W. Luckie, Orlando VA Medical Center gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Alligiance was presented by Mr. Charles and Mr. Donald Tubbs, Form Fisher House Guests. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Greg Smith, President, Friends of Fisher House Orlando and his wife the night before at a meet and greet for the top donors to the Fisher House. He was a wonderful man to get to know and his wife was very lovely. Mr. Smith opened the remarks and had us all laughing at his sense of humor. Next was Coach Lou Holtz, former college football couch, Honorary Chairman, Friends of Fisher House Orlando, who had a wonderful quote that I am sure is going to make a lasting impression on many. If you didn't show up would anyone miss you and why? If you didn't go home, would anyone miss you and why? If the Veterans didn't show up we couldn't have our freedom" He received a standing ovation when he was done. Mr. Randy Reeves, United State Air Force and Navy Veteran, and current Under Secretary of Veterans A airs for Memorial A airs, spoke next and left us with his feelings on heroes. In my heart there are two type of heroes, the Veterans, and the care givers of Veterans." Mr. Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor Recipient, presented Fisher House with the Congressional Medal of Honor Plaque to be displayed. The ceremonial passing of the Fisher House key from Mr. Dave Coker and Mrs. Lynne Pace, Fisher House Trustee to the new Fisher House Orlando Manager, Ms. Teresa Turner occurred. Then, the ribbon cutting ceremony took place, which we were invited to participate in as one of the top donors, and Lake Nona Middle School Band played music. We were able to tour the inside of Fisher House and see the beautiful, hard work they put into making sure the families of the Veterans felt at home. Becky and I took a lot of pictures to share with the members of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Florida to show you how your hard work and dedication to donating money to Fisher House pays o in the lives of these Veterans and families. Thank you to each and every one of you for all your hard work. Without you, the Fisher House of Orlando would not exist today for the families of the Veterans who served our country to give us our freedom. Becky and I were honored to represent each of you and we're humbled to be a part of this great organization.


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THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA PDP present at the dedication were Irma Wehrli, Shirley Fraser, and Erna Schawabe. Auxiliary 103 Delivers Valentines To Vets Village Punta Gorda's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 103 Veterans Administration & Rehabilitation Committee delivered 24 Valentines gift bags to our Veterans living at Veterans Village in Punta Gorda on February 13, 2018. The bags donated by Publixs and decorated by children from Sally Jones Elementary were lled various food and personal care items. Our women veterans also received jewelry in their bags. Committee members pictured left to right with the decorated bags are Anne Grace and Linda Bridegroom Past Department President Shirley Fraser delivered accolades at Past Department President O.T. Ballroom dedication. American Legion Unit 285 Edgewater packed their vehicle with shoes to deliver to local schools so they can distribute to students in need. Pictured from left to right Post 285 Judge Advocate Joe Robinson, Auxiliary Secretary Jean Johnson,Auxiliary President Dora Lee Dawson and Membership Chairman Linda Robinson.For information about becoming a member or how to donate to our many programs please contact Dora Lee Dawson at 386-210-4926. Assistant Principal at Indian River Elementary School Jennifer Holcolm, ALA membership chairman Linda Robinson, ALA President Dora Lee Dawson, ALA Secretary Jean Johnson, ALA National Legislative Committee Member Eleanor Amato, Post 285 Judge Advocate Joe Robinson, IRES Principal Carrie Crkvenac. From the Units


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM27 The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM27 Edgewater Public School Counselor June Weaver, Principal Rebecca Porter, ALA Secretary Jean Johnson, ALA National Legislative Committee Member Eleanor Amato, ALA President Dora Lee Dawson, ALA Membership Chairman Linda Robinson, American Legion Post 285 Judge Advocate Joe Robinson, Assistant Principal Michele Brown. District 17 Meetings are not just business! President Toni Ellsworth (shown 2nd from right) always designs our gatherings with important information, great food and lots of laughs and fun. President Ellsworth is shown with her District 17 Presidents and O cers who wore their favorite hat inspired by Department President, TK's theme "Mary Poppins". Ormond Beach Unit 267, under the excellent leadership of President Carol Stau er, support many outstanding community events such as the annual Cancer Bridge Walk. Our contingent arrived very early to join thousands of other groups as we walked, together, from downtown Daytona Beach, over the Halifax River Bridge to the Convention Center beach-side and return. We waved, talked and laughed all together during this important event. Later, Post 267 and Unit 267 joined together for a funny and amazing, "Save the TaTas" fundraiser for the Cancer Society. It was a memorable event and lots of fun! Unit 267 Bridge Walk for Cancer participants are left to right: Lauren Morris, Historian; Carol Stau er, President; Barb Moorcraft and in rear, June and Jim Sherman District 17 President, Toni Ellsworth, poses in her award-winning "Grease" costume at the Fall Conference, Orlando. Toni won the award for best costume at the Conference Dinner. Eat your heart out Olivia Newton-John! This plaque proudly hangs in the new John Hopkins childrens Hospital in St Petersburg


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA From the Units Paradise Unit 79 hosted Breakfast with Santa in conjuction with the AL Riders for 65 children from the Pasco County Foster and Adoption Agency on December 16,2017 Unit 199 Miami proudly displaying their accomplishments serving the Community, Children and our Veterans. Post 164: we were honored with the visit of the National Commander, Denise Rohan. Our Post had a recognition ceremony of the Past Commanders of Post 164. Our Auxiliary helped with the dinner and photographs and welcomed he National Commander.


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM29 The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM29 Unit 273: Honor the American Gold Star Mothers The National Security Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 273, Madeira Beach, conducted a 2-day event to bene t the Tampa Bay Chapter of The American Gold Star Mothers. The event was held at the American Legion Post located at 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach, on Sunday, January 14 and 28, 2018, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. The event was called Hugs For Mom", a reference made not only to the recipients but in honor of a past event chaired by ALA Auxiliary Past-President Cathy Larkin-Richards who passed away just months after the rst Hugs" campaign. The American Gold Star Mothers is a national, non-pro t Veterans' Service Organization of women who have lost a child while in military service, died as a result of that service, or are missing in action. Our Gold Star Moms do so much to promote patriotism and respect for our nation", said Rhonda Brailey-Maurer, Unit 273 National Security Chairman and event co-organizer, pictured below with AGSM Chapter President, Yolanda Mercado at the event on January 28. Rhonda and Co-chairman Wendy Donnelly began the event in April, 2017, by calling out to the 7500+ members of Post 273 to ask for their help by donating Patriotic Household" items. The campaign continued until the event in January with over 60 donated items for purchase via silent auction and ra es. 100% of the $3100 raised went directly to the AGSM, said Donnelly. It makes so much sense for our all-female American Legion Auxiliary to promote the American Gold Star Mothers." She estimated over 300 attendees, 20 volunteers and 12 members of the AGSM in attendance over the two-day event, along with a special appearance by The Bomber Girls" on January 14. Pictured: AGSM Tampa Bay President Yolanda Mercado (left) with Event Co-Chairman Rhonda Brailey-Maurer at Post 273 with her display of the 50 fallen heroes represented by the members of the chapter. Unit 273: Brailey-Maurer stated that the display of generosity by the large number of donations was really impressive. Lou Miosi, a representative of the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Supply Department, presented his creations of wall art canvas to the Post 273 O cers on January 9 at a luncheon sponsored by the post. Pictured From Left, Post 273 1st Vice President Mike Haygood, Auxiliary President Janice Hill, SKI Matt Brandon, Post 273 Commander Jim White, and SKC Mandi McKinsey. Photo by Coast Guard Auxiliary Rep. Joe Perez Unit 273: Jan Proper, photographer/artist with the Pinellas Park Art Society contacted the event organizers in December and made an impressive donation of personal collectibles along with over a dozen pieces of original artwork/photography representing herself and many members of the Art Society. The Pinellas Park Art Society's contributions really made the show", commented Patricia Penna, Navy veteran and event volunteer pictured below. Among the other contributors was the gift shop Sign of The Dolphin", Local Artists Sandy Black and Barrie West, and crafter/auxiliary member Pam Koewing-Rasmussen. Patricia Penna Meticulously Setting up the Ra e Items Unit 273: The National Security Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary is an active group of women of the Unit 273 Auxiliary who are dedicated to assisting not only the AGSM but also the USO Central Florida Tampa, The local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of Tampa Bay, (those with children in active service or who have been honorably discharged), and Operation Homefront", a program that provides emergency nancial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded heroes. Rhonda Brailey-Maurer has headed up this committee for the past 4 years and is dedicated to serving our active military service members and their families. Unit 273 Auxiliary National Security Event Organizers (from left) Wendy Donnelly and Rhonda Brailey-Maurer pictured with two original prints courtesy of the Pinellas Park Art Society


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA The Legion families in this Department are very fortunate to be part of something that has been around over half a century … the Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT). The Department joined with the other forty-nine (49) Departments that make-up the LIT. The LIT is this Department's sponsored insurance program. Make no mistake, the broad range of insurance products and services found under the LIT umbrella are your products and services. These products and services are not available to just anyone … other veterans included … but only to members of this Department's Legion family. The LIT's products and services are continually reviewed and updated (plus new programs added) so that you have access to the best selection possible. The oversight of the LIT is done by a Board of Directors … with one Trust Director from each participating Department. This helps make sure you are getting the best possible coverage from the Legionnaire Insurance Trust program. Through the LIT, your Department sponsors a broad range of insurance products and services ranging from the no-cost" AD&D to HOSPITAL HELP to CANCER CARE to Emergency Assistance + (EA+) to Medicare Supplement and more so one or more will likely ll a need in your family's insurance portfolio. The best way to buy insurance is to shop, compare, and then purchase the coverage from a source you trust. We invite you to compare this Department's endorsed products with any on the market. Then you can buy with the con dence of over fty (50) years of continuous service to Legion families behind the LIT. Buying through the LIT also helps support your Department's programs and services. To learn more about your Department's insurance products and services please call the LIT's administrator at (800) 235-6943 or check-out the programs at Either way, there will be no hard-sell or obligation to buy when you do. Prepared and con dentChoose the medical alert service that has saved more lives than any other Special o er for Legionnaires Save up to $70 with free activation and free shipping 2015. Button signal range may vary due to environmental factors. For new customers only. Not to be combined with any other o er and subject to change without notice. Monthly fees and applicable taxes apply. Other fees may apply. Minimum stay on service may be required. *Coverage outside the home provided where AT&T wireless network coverage is available.Theres a Lifeline medical alert solution for you Lifeline o ers a range of choices to help you maintain your independence. Whether you need the go-anywhere protection of GoSafe or the peace of mind o ered by HomeSafe Lifeline has you covered. LIT Products and Services Exclusively for Legion Families


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM31 ITÂ’S OFFICIAL .... THE AMERICAN LEGION FAMILY CRUISESeptember 13-16TH 2018 CALL MAUREEN WILLIAMS PVP@ 1-800-819-3902 EXT 85931 MENTION AMERICAN LEGION GROUP CODE 1KNQ25 Carnival Liberty Nassau 09/13/2018 Date Day Port Arrive / Depart Info 09/13/2018 THU PORT CANAVERAL (ORLANDO), FL 4:00 PM 09/14/2018 FRI NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS 10:00 AM 6:00 PM 09/15/2018 SAT FUN DAY AT SEA 09/16/2018 SUN PORT CANAVERAL (ORLANDO), FL 8:00 AM Pricing for an interior cabin based on 2 guest in the cabin. Pricing starts at: $229.00 per person cruise fare and $83.50 per person taxes fees and port expenses. Pricing for an ocean view cabin based on 2 guest in the cabin. Pricing starts at: $259.00 per person cruise fare and $83.50 per person taxes fees and port expenses. Pricing for a balcony cabin based on 2 guest in the cabin. Pricing starts at: $324.00 per person cruise fare and $83.50 per person taxes fees and port expenses. The deposit is $100.00 per person and nal payment is due 7/15/2018. PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE We have not done this in about eight years. Its time to do it again. This will be rst come rst serve, so make your reservations asap as cabin space might ll up quickly. Im trying to plan some events for us on ship and also in Nassau and as we get closer, will keep everyone informed. My wife works for Carnival, so we will be taken care of. At least put your deposit down quickly and she will try to have us as close together as possible. Remember, this will be a FUN cruise and time to enjoy each other's company and to recharge for the year. Everyone have a great time and will see you aboard. William R Johnson, 2nd Vice Commander, The American Legion, Department of Florida


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Membership Reports DISTRICT 1UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0075Crestview1480909060.81% 0078Milton240202083.33% 0193Pensacola9718708890.72% 0221Niceville942606265.96% 0235Ft Walton Beach184312612970.11% 0240Pensacola253019619677.47% 0296Destin340303088.24% 0340Pensacola294725225988.10% 0356Lynn Haven187515015582.89% 0375Southport602535591.67% 0378Gulf Breeze291121344.83% 0382Navarre1150878775.65% 0392Panama City161313013382.61% 0402Panama City Beach3013435116.67% TOTALS1710421310135279.06% DISTRICT 2UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0013Tallahassee986727879.59% 0082Lanark912656773.63% 0084Havana3010132376.67% 0100Marianna553424581.82% 0217Quincy548425092.59% 0241Sneads5520264683.64% TOTALS3834926030980.68% DISTRICT 3UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0049Monticello140121285.71% 0057Lake City233318618981.12% 0107Live Oak542384074.07% 0131Greenville324252990.63% 0215Jasper423151842.86% 0224Madison320191959.38% 0291Steinhatchee142312412789.44% 0383Old Town164412813280.49% TOTALS7131954756679.38% DISTRICT 4UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0016Gainesville800424252.50% 0027Ocala398243282.05% 0058Dunnellon462414393.48% 0077Inverness2433740 166.67% 0149Newberry200101050.00% 0155Crystal River288226126391.32% 0166 Homosassa Springs2923234 117.24% 0210Ocala1306646.15% 0230Hawthorne582424475.86% 0236Bronson520474790.38% 0237Beverly Hills145112712888.28% 0284Belleview951747578.95% 0314Starke120111191.67% TOTALS9012175477586.02% FEBRUARY 21, 2018 THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM33 DISTRICT 7UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0003Bartow852737588.24% 0004Lakeland712626490.14% 0008Winter Haven656453253681.71% 0034Haines City740585878.38% 0071Lake Wales950787882.11% 0072Mulberry1581212213484.81% 0201Florence Villa385293489.47% TOTALS117725954979 83.18% DISTRICT 8UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0011Arcadia419223175.61% 0024Bradenton3641827128979.40% 0025Lake Placid328029429489.63% 0030Sarasota9717648183.51% 0069Avon Park534547147689.14% 0074Sebring4708817.02% 0113Rotonda West407530631176.41% 0159Venice7092154756880.11% 0254North Port1080838376.85% 0266Fruitville1162979985.34% 0309Palmetto172116917098.84% 0312Oneco240318518878.33% 0325Ellenton129010110178.29% TOTALS3292812618269981.99% DISTRICT 5UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0009Jacksonville301232480.00% 0037Saint Augustine723525576.39% 0054Fernandina Beach179512813374.30% 0088Jacksonville1082757771.30% 0129Jacksonville Beach3331226327582.58% 0137Jacksonville5702340042374.21% 0194St Augustine7410536385.14% 0197Jacksonville7311384967.12% 0202Keystone Heights782373950.00% 0233Ponte Vedra Beach2163510914466.67% 0244Jacksonville404182255.00% 0250Middleburg3804025829878.42% 0283Jacksonville4161530131675.96% 0316Atlantic Beach3725221726972.31% 0372Mandarin1105545.45% 0373Orange Park409303997.50% 0401Hilliard241181979.17% TOTALS30162252025225074.60% DISTRICT 6UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0010Kissimmee202416917385.64% 0019Orlando1303868968.46% 0021Umatilla1508853.33% 0035Mount Dora911596065.93% 0041Eustis200131365.00% 0052Lake Panaso kee2471825104.17% 0053Sanford933697277.42% 0055Clermont710494969.01% 0063Winter Garden250212184.00% 0080Saint Cloud2962621524181.42% 0101Bushnell1250848467.20% 0109Ocoee1204433.33% 0112Winter Park2231922100.00% 0183Fern Park1811512313876.24% 0219Fruitland Park207316616981.64% 0242Orlando133149010478.20% 0286Orlando2311217618881.39% 0330Leesburg7610617193.42% 0331Orlando4312112353.49% 0347Lady Lake1765101642165293.60% 0357Clermont232151773.91% TOTALS3785 1253098 3223 85.15% The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM 33


THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA DISTRICT 12UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0001Titusville3142026628691.08% 0022Cocoa893788191.01% 0039Vero Beach167313714083.83% 0040Fort Pierce1630999960.74% 0081Melbourne1281838465.63% 0117Palm Bay4681436237680.34% 0126Jensen Beach228419720188.16% 0163Melbourne309925526485.44% 0171Fort Pierce001010In nity 0189Sebastian1210999981.82% 0191Melbourne10918557366.97% 0200Satellite Beach128010310380.47% 0318Port St Lucie701358759084.17% 0348Cape Canaveral198013913970.20% 0358White City400363690.00% 0359Port St John2591722324092.66% 0366Barefoot Bay7321476893.15% 0394Palm Bay944108112119.15% 0410Viera2717829.63% TOTALS36161182891 3009 83.21% DISTRICT 11UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0020Belle Glade656505686.15% 0047Lake Worth1245929778.23% 0062Stuart1782290292164.04% 0064Okeechobee1150949481.74% 0065Delray Beach574384273.68% 0141W est Palm Beach8157580 98.77% 0164Boynton Beach138710311079.71% 0188Delray152101280.00% 0199W Palm Beach500414182.00% 0268Riviera Beach800191923.75% 0271Tequesta200916016984.50% 0277Boca Raton1001818282.00% 0288Boynton Beach5321113260.38% 0367R oyal Palm Beach4282230 71.43% 0399Palm City1825738.89% TOTALS1316721091116388.37% DISTRICT 13UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0038Fort Myers631444571.43% 0090Cape Coral204219219495.10% 0103Punta Gorda394433333785.53% 0110Port Charlotte589745946679.12% 0123Sanibel822626478.05% 0130Labelle150010810872.00% 0135Naples372023523563.17% 0136Saint James City488138038178.07% 0192Fort Myers224121672.73% 0274Fort Myers Beach633355655988.31% 0299Moore Haven190131368.42% 0303Bonita Springs4241731933679.25% 0323Lehigh Acres4863636139781.69% 0336N Ft Myers361528729280.89% 0351Fort Myers931707176.34% TOTALS4380833431 3514 80.23% DISTRICT 9UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0036Ft Lauderdale480323266.67% 0092Hollywood125211211491.20% 0142Pompano Beach2715217823084.87% 0157Margate2862121023180.77% 0162Deer eld Beach2372915818778.90% 0180Fort Lauderdale1169889783.62% 0209Dania Beach1101515136.36% 0220Ft Lauderdale3011142583.33% 0222Fort Lauderdale772515368.83% 0287Deer eld Beach150141493.33% 0304Dania1280797961.72% 0310Hallandale390343487.18% 0321Cooper City13213849773.48% 0365Sunrise1501818120.00% TOTALS15301391087122680.13% THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA


The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM35 DISTRICT 16UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0007Clearwater3531327128480.45% 0014St Petersburg1455919666.21% 0079New Port Richey4334631736383.83% 0104Pinellas Park247617317972.47% 0119Largo3711832133991.37% 0125St Petersburg362832433291.71% 0158Treasure Island242022522592.98% 0173Holiday2621720522284.73% 0238Safety Harbor2811423825289.68% 0252Seminole9411271873077.58% 0273Madeira Beach279042158216277.49% 0275Dunedin5821454956396.74% 0305St Pete Beach1070747469.16% 0335Hudson2411518419982.57% TOTALS73571725848 6020 81.83% DISTRICT 17UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0006Deland1410939365.96% 0017 New Smyrna Beach2462121123 50.00% 0045Palatka401282972.50% 0115Palm Coast402343690.00% 0120HollyHill2491220121385.54% 0127Lake Helen267172492.31% 0204Daytona Beach2511102184.00% 0255Deltona314172167.74% 0259Debary294192379.31% 0267Ormond Beach164614715393.29% 0270Port Orange171014414484.21% 0285Edgewater145510811377.93% 0293Interlachen413303380.49% 0361S Daytona1531113514695.42% TOTALS1501681104 1172 78.08% DISTRICT 14UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0028Key West680565682.35% 0031South Miami167115615794.01% 0043Homestead630222234.92% 0067North Miami4865157118.75% 0098Coral Gables220151568.18% 0133Miami605414676.67% 0154Marathon180117817999.44% 0168Key West3033100.00% 0333Key Largo790636379.75% 0346Miami4044100.00% 0374Key Biscayne600484880.00% TOTALS7541363765086.21% DISTRICT 15UNITCITYGOALJRSRTOTALPERCENT 0005Tampa452323475.56% 0026Plant City364263083.33% 0111Tampa441373886.36% 0138Tampa3631026827876.58% 0139Tampa1350939368.89% 0147Odessa250232392.00% 0148Riverview19439710051.55% 0152Tampa285823724585.96% 0167Tampa313121548.39% 0186Brooksville371132832988.68% 0246Sun City Center420141433.33% 0248West Tampa273192281.48% 0334Tampa2912930103.45% 0389Ruskin1841519105.56% TOTALS1645401230 1270 77.20% The Kaleidoscope VOLUME VII ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 MMM 35